During my research into Paul Ryan these past few days I learned an amazing irony. I knew the man's politics, reputation and budget. I knew he is among
the most ardent claimed supporters of small government. (While his voting record reveals the opposite, let's pretend to take him at his word.) His
budget does make clear an intent to fundamentally transform the federal government into something much smaller.
So why then have I learned that Ryan, more than perhaps any politician I have ever studied, owe nearly everything he is or has to the federal
government? How can that be you say, not Paul Ryan, not this fiscal, small government purest, Ayn Rand devotee! I dare you read on.
1. Family wealth
Ryan, together with his wife, is a multimillionaire. Contrary to what Romney puts out there (that Ryan is a product of the middle class), Ryan was
born privileged. His dad was an attorney, but the family moneys comes from, and continues to come in from, the construction company his great
grandfather launched in 1984. The company today has many divisions, some with frequent DoD contracts. (Not surprising why Ryan's budget proposes
massive increases in defense spending.) But guess what the family business built?
But on the website for Ryan Incorporated Southern, headquartered in Florida (there are various divisions of Ryan and, yes, still from the company
founded by his great-grandfather that's run by Ryan's cousins), it's a bit more explicit: "The Ryan workload from 1910 until the rural interstate
Highway System was completed 60 years later, was mostly Highway construction.
Yep, that's right. The family business made most of its money over decades in federal and state contracts, aka government projects paid by taxpayers.
That's some hypocrisy there, especially as his budget guts federal spending on infrastructure.
2. His Home
Ryan, when back in WI, lives in a stately home on the quiet, wealthy side of Janesville, WI. His home is inherited and comes with 6 bedrooms and 8
bathrooms. So what's this have to do with the federal government? His home is officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places, giving
him access to grants, special deductions, even federal support for some home maintenance. Check out the full benies here:
3. His Education
Born into privilege, Ryan's family could afford to put him through school at Miami University in Ohio. Ryan likes to say he paid for school with his
own savings. Well that true, if you consider that most was paid for via Social Security Survivor benefits he saved following his father's death. His
family did not need the money to live by, so he piled it up and used it to pay for most of his education.
His father’s death provided Ryan with Social Security benefits until his 18th birthday, which he saved to pay for his education at Miami University
Okay, I've no beef with this...except that now that he has his, he wants to keep others from the same benefits since he is on record wanting to
privatize Social Security, forcing us all to the whims of the rigged stock market. Well, there's always Pell Grants for our kids for school right? Oh
yeah, Ryan's budget guts this most successful of programs that invests in America's future.
4. His Career
Ryan was elected to Congress at age 28. Prior to that he served as an aide in the service of Kansas federal politicians. He did work briefly at
McDonald's and did part time personal fitness training. But, essentially, Paul Ryan has been drawing a federal paycheck since he was about 22. Of
course, now with 14 years in Congress, our tax dollars will be paying for a full comfy Congressional pension, as well as picking up his healthcare
insurance for life.
So for a guy widely known in political circles for ONE thing -- proposing a budget that guts federal spending (except for the military), don't you
find it amazing he should has this attitude given how much federal government has built him? I mean, do you ANY other person where practically
everything he has is a product of our tax dollars, of government money?
Ayn Rand is surely choking in her grave and where ever she is, she's screaming "Fraud! Poseur! Hypocrite!"
P.S. - He may believe himself a small government guy, but his voting record says very clearly he supports massive government spending and government
intrusion into your lives.
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